Friday, September 29

Titanic Sub Ultimate: ‘Presumptive Human Remains’ Found in Fatal OceanGate Expedition Shipwreck

“Presumptive human remains” have been found among the wreckage of the Titan submersible, the US Coast Guard announced Wednesday.

Several identifiable parts of the ship were washed ashore earlier in the afternoon, including the submarine’s nose and a large panel that appears to be from its tail.

Amid those recovered pieces, Coast Guard officials said they discovered what they believed to be human remains, which will now be transported aboard a ship to a port in the United States where they will undergo testing and analysis.

The discoveries shocked experts who suspected Titan was completely destroyed when it suffered a ‘catastrophic implosion’ during a voyage to the Titanic wreckage, killing all five on board.

Earlier on Wednesday, a coroner told DailyMail.com he believed the remains of people on board, including British billionaire Hamish Harding, French explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush and the father and son Shahzada and Suleman Dawood would probably never recover.

Human remains have reportedly been found in the wreckage of the Titan submersible.

Human remains have reportedly been found in the wreckage of the Titan submersible.

Stockton Rush perished aboard the Titan along with his four passengers when the ship imploded while heading for the Atlantic seabed.

Commander Paul-Henry Nargeolet, a Titanic expert, lost his life in the Titan tragedy

Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate, which launched Titan, perished aboard the submersible along with his four passengers, including PH Nargeolet (right)

Shahzada Dawood, 48, (right) one of Pakistan's richest men, who along with her teenage son Suleman Dawood, 19, (left) died on the Titan

Hamish Harding

Shahzada Dawood, 48, one of the richest men in Pakistan, who along with her teenage son Suleman Dawood, 19 (together, left) died on Titan along with British explorer Hamish Harding (right).

Authorities said Wednesday that the remains were “carefully removed within the remains” that were recovered earlier in the day.

“I am grateful for the coordinated international and interagency support to recover and preserve this vital evidence at extreme distances and depths offshore,” Navy Research Board Capt. Jason Neubauer said in a statement.

“The evidence will provide investigators in various international jurisdictions with critical information about the cause of this tragedy,” it added.

But Neubauer noted that there is still a “substantial amount of work” to be done to understand what happened to the Titan submarine and to “help ensure that a similar tragedy does not happen again.”

The MBI will continue its evidence gathering and witness interviews to inform a public hearing on the incident, and Pelagic Research Services, whose remotely operated vehicle discovered the debris fields, said its team is “still on mission.”

“They have been working around the clock for 10 days, through the physical and mental challenges of this operation, and are looking forward to finishing the mission and returning to their loved ones,” the company said in a statement.

A large part of the Titan submersible recovered Wednesday appeared to be a panel from its tail.  Some experts expected the salvaged pieces to be much smaller.

A large part of the Titan submersible recovered Wednesday appeared to be a panel from its tail. Some experts expected the salvaged pieces to be much smaller.

Titan's titanium front, where its observation port was located, was clearly identifiable among the sections that were recovered.  It is believed that the titanium parts likely sustained less damage in the implosion, compared to the weaker carbon fiber elements.

Titan’s titanium front, where its observation port was located, was clearly identifiable among the sections that were recovered. It is believed that the titanium parts likely sustained less damage in the implosion, compared to the weaker carbon fiber elements.

On Wednesday, a debris field was found on the seabed 1,600 feet (500 meters) from the bow of the Titanic, which lies more than two miles (4 kilometers) below the ocean surface and 400 miles from the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. .

The Canadian-flagged cargo ship Polar Prince towed the Titan out to sea last weekend but lost contact with it about an hour and 45 minutes after the submersible launched into the ocean depths.

News of the ship’s disappearance spurred a multinational search-and-rescue operation, which ended when officials announced the submarine likely imploded, killing all on board instantly.

As a result, Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford told DailyMail.com that it was unlikely that any human remains would be recovered in the search.

She said: ‘When you have some kind of explosion or implosion, there’s debris or traces of debris.

“There is a possibility, but given the environment in which this happened, it is highly unlikely that they will find remains.”

“Even on land there is animal activity, and in a vast ocean, so many animals and creatures, and the pressure down there.

“I think it’s unlikely to find remains, certainly in whole parts. It would be very difficult to identify the remains given the conditions in which the implosion occurred, and it will be difficult to determine who they belonged to.

‘Their bodies would have sustained extensive thermal damage and blunt force trauma due to the implosion. Those are things we know for a fact.

A large circular piece of the Titan was also recovered, which is similar to the sections at each end of the hull.

A large circular piece of the Titan was also recovered, which is similar to the sections at each end of the hull.

The salvaged remains of Titan were brought ashore by a massive crane Wednesday morning.

The salvaged remains of Titan were brought ashore by a massive crane Wednesday morning.

For years before the implosion, experts had warned that Stockton Rush’s own-designed submersible was not capable of safely reaching the wreckage of the Titanic on the ocean floor.

They said its carbon fiber hull, which housed the five crew, was its ‘Achilles heel’ because the material is not considered suitable for diving to the depths reached by the vessel.

Titanic director James Cameron, a renowned deep-sea explorer and submersible expert, previously said the hull likely broke into “very small pieces” in the incident.

‘If I had to put money in what the find [of the investigation] It will be, the Achilles heel of the submarine was the composite cylinder that was the main hull that people were in,” he said.

‘There were two titanium caps at each end. They are relatively intact at the bottom of the sea. But that carbon fiber composite cylinder is now in very small pieces. Everything is embedded in one of the hemispheres. It’s pretty clear that’s what went wrong.

Carbon fiber is prone to delamination, the process by which a material fractures into layers while under pressure.

The ship’s titanium components are thought to have withstood the disaster better, while the weaker carbon fiber parts, including the hull, are more likely to have been crushed into tiny pieces.

The parts pulled from the ocean appear to line up with Cameron’s observations, including that the largest piece was the vessel’s titanium shell. The researchers will now work to confirm what each piece is.

The remains of Titan were found near the wreck of the Titanic, 12,500 feet below the Atlantic Ocean.

The remains of Titan were found near the wreck of the Titanic, 12,500 feet below the Atlantic Ocean.

The Titan's carbon fiber hull and acrylic window were the subject of several warnings and James Cameron pointed them out as

The Titan’s carbon fiber hull and acrylic window were the subject of several warnings and were noted by James Cameron as “potential points of failure” on the boat.

But despite these relentless warnings from naval experts, OceanGate had assured the public for years that its Titan submersible was safe.

The company had boasted in promotional material of Titan’s ‘Real-Time Hull Health Monitoring’, which constantly checked the integrity of the vessel during the dive.

The system used acoustic sensors and strain gauges to “analyze the effects of pressure change on the vessel as the submersible dives deeper and accurately assess the integrity of the structure.”

But the legal documents reveal that a former director of marine operations “raised concerns that this would be problematic because this type of acoustic analysis would only show when a component is about to fail, often milliseconds before an implosion, and would not detect any.” existing fault before placing it”. pressure on the hull.

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